Congratulations for the work.
As a viking, I shall bought a print and just did it.
FLYKINGS, the Sky Kings.
Thank you for the enormously fun visual! Your rough brush work makes it all the better for me, since a sharp image would stress the aspect of technological modernity over the sense of this being someone's record of a saga!
[my first-ever comment on deviantart...]
On a still day, yes, which would be an understandable assumption. Actually, wind velocity is relative to the aircraft, so they might well be travelling with a brisk tail wind that slightly exceeds their speed. You've surely experienced this while bicycling. Next time, pretend you're a Sky Viking!
PS: I'm a Swedish mountain climber so I'm almost a Sky Viking already
Thank you for your response.
And here we come to the issue of allowance in suspension of disbelief, our tendency to draw the line of acceptable "unrealism" according to personal comfort and conviction. For example, I quite enjoy musical motion pictures whereas some of my own kin cannot abide the cast breaking into song and dance. I understand that such phenomena are uncommon in our public, and likely private life, but such is true of a battery of tools in even "realistic" documentaries. Might I further point out that flashmobs have begun to bleed that particular "unreality" into our own world?
Thus, DeviObserver's evaluations are intended to fit within the context of the artwork as expression, since the artwork itself -- paint, pixels, and all -- is but a phantasm. It is within that framework that the sails can be declared an acceptable conceit not only on the part of the artist, but likely on the part of those Sky Vikings themselves! Speaking of navies, just look up the latest USN "destroyer", the Zumwalt class, to witness shipbuilding stripped of century-old conceits. It would appear that nearly every line of the storied vessels of yore has been declared more of a hindrance than an aid!
I risk boring you, but an art website inevitably elicits my aesthetic sensibilities. Thank you for taking all this in the intended spirit of contribution rather than correction -- I somehow seem to make fewer friends online than when I disagree with others in person....
P.S. I was delighted with your Sky Viking postscript rejoinder!
About making friends online, It's easier to walk away from an argument with someone you never met. Since all you have to do is stop posting. IRL friends will be around the next day and will therefore be more willing to reach a mutually acceptable conclusion to any discussion.
PS: nice use of third person